Chiefs Second-Youngest Opening Weekend Roster Among Returning Playoff Teams

Sep 9, 2018; Carson, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) stiff arms Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Damion Square (71) during the third quarter at StubHub Center.© Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Numbers show Chiefs bucking the tend as a playoff team looking to get significantly younger in 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Chiefs don't have the youngest team in the NFL, but the youth movement of general manager Brett Veach does have second-youngest opening week roster among last year's playoff teams.

The Chiefs opening day roster roster averaged 25.68 years of age, ranking the team as the ninth-youngest roster in the league. The average NFL player on opening weekend was 26.09 years old.

Many of youngest teams, however, are rebuilding with young talent, such as Cleveland with the youngest roster at an average age of 25.19. Yet the Chiefs rank second-young among last year's playoff teams behind only Minnesota at an average age of 25.47 years.

Youth also means less experience. The Chiefs have 3.74 years of experience per player, which ranks as the seventh-least experienced roster on opening weekend. The NFL average is 4.14 years.

Last year's opening weekend roster for the Chiefs averaged 25.9 years of age and 4.02 years of experience.

The Oakland rank as both the oldest and most experienced team in the league with an average age of 27.55 years of age and 5.36 years of experience. The Raiders have a league-high 15 players age 30 or older.

Kansas City, mean while, has just six players over the age of 30 and 12 rookies or first-year players. That's the sixth-most young players among NFL teams. The Green Bay Packers, which ranks as the 11th-youngest team in the league, has the most rookie and first-year players with 15.

Other vital statistics for the Chiefs: players on the roster average 6.17 feet tall, nearly identical to the league average of 6.18 feet tall. Chiefs players average 247.3 pounds, about 2 pounds heavier than the league average of 245.29.

Alabama leads all colleges with 44 players on active NFL rosters in Week 1, and linebacker Reggie Ragland represents the Crimson Tide in Kansas City. The Chiefs have two players from LSU (40, Spencer Ware and Darrel Williams) and one each from Florida (37, Demarcus Robinson) and Miami (36, Allen Bailey). The Chiefs have no players from Ohio State (36).

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